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“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self . . . Whatever you really love to do . . . love that in front of children.  That’s going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons. . . The last thing . . .  you have to be is perfect at it.  It’s the spirit that gives that kind of gift its wings.”   Fred Rogers

As at Thanksgiving, we think Fred Rogers can help support students, teachers, and parents over the winter holiday season. (more…)

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PBS KIDS has discovered that among Thomas & Friends many fans, children on the autistic spectrum love this program from Great Britain, which had its first broadcast in 1984.  (We’ve posted how an autistic child in our region has been helped by Thomas resources in school. Just search Thomas & Friends here on our homepage.)

Over this holiday season, WGBY is airing seasonal episodes of Thomas & Friends, including these 5 new ones beginning on December 12.   In addition to Thomas & Friends classroom resources from Thomas episodes, you’ll find a wide range of tips and activities for incorporating Thomas into an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom at (more…)

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As you can see in this video clip, kids are in for delightfully spooky treats this Halloween season.  WGBY will premiere Halloween-themed movies and episodes and broadcast encore programming.  There will also be plenty of free PBS KIDS apps and hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. (more…)

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This Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can bring family and friends to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for LittleFest, Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy.  Arts & crafts activities, storytelling and much more await, and admission is free for WGBY members, museum members, and Springfield residents.

WGBY will be there with free books for children and special appearances by PBS KIDS’ Arthur.  The longest-running PBS KIDS program, Arthur — produced by Boston’s WGBH — offers a wealth of 21st Century resources for children, families and teachers.  (more…)

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“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”  Jim Henson

With words like these from Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and developer of Sesame Street characters, it’s hardly surprising that Sesame Street’s new Everyday Heroes Club promotes acts of kindness.

You can learn more and find resources  (more…)

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To support family’s efforts to keep kids reading throughout the summer, WGBY is offering free reading party kits for families to host “I Can Readathon!” at-home events.  These kits — made available through participating retailers and a partnership with PBS KIDS and HarperCollins — include activity booklet, reading logs, activity pages, stickers, certificates, a PBS KIDS Super Summer activity chart, activity sheets and more.

Due to limited supplies, kits will given on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information (more…)

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Is being outdoors part of your summer plan?  Many of us already know that a walk in the park or the woods can calm our minds.  Now, an article in the NY Times blog “Well,” How Walking in Nature Changes The Brain,” shares a recent study about nature’s effects on our brains and mental health.  The article’s intriguing look at nature and the brain, including differences in anxiety, depression and other mental illness for those living in and out of urban centers, just might motivate you to spend more time in nature’s green spaces.

PBS has long championed nature and the environment with programs and resources such as  (more…)

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